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Nazem Kadri's Second Shot at Toronto Maple Leafs' Top Six, Brian Burke's Wall

Kadri gets another chance to show he belongs.
Kadri gets another chance to show he belongs.Claus Andersen/Getty Images
Cale LoneyCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

The Toronto Maple Leafs are giving top prospect Nazem Kadri another shot at cracking the lineup. On Friday night the Leafs visit the Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US/HD, LEAFS TV/HD) and Kadri will be filling in for injured winger Clarke MacArthur.

On Thursday, Kadri was seen playing alongside Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak during practice. However, this was due to the fact that Kris Versteeg was still in Chicago picking up his Stanley Cup ring. One game wasn't enough for Kadri to steal the spot from the Leafs' preseason scoring leader.

Luckily for Kadri, his two goals and an assist on Thursday night bought him another day —and a minor injury to MacArthur bought Kadri another game. MacArthur has a sore groin and will be missing Friday night's game, opening a spot for Kadri on the second line.

For Kadri, this may be his last chance to impress Leafs brass and stick with the team for beginning of the season. With Kadri moved to the wing, the Leafs may have more possibilities up front than originally thought.

Could Kadri force someone else to be the the odd man out?

Speaking of roster moves, remember when Leafs Nation was in a frenzy for General Manager Brian Burke to make another acquisition? Thanks to the Toronto Star, Leafs Nation has the opportunity to view one of the tools Burke and Co. use when evaluating trade possibilities.

"The Wall" is a positional depth chart of every organization in the league. Inspired by the NFL, Burke's wall allows him to view the strengths and weaknesses of potential trading partners.

Looking closer at the photo, you can see all the players in the Washington Capitals organization, even AHL players and prospects. Being able to walk into your office at the Leafs practice facility and have a look at the depth of all the teams in the league is taking strategy to a whole new level.

Just don't tell anyone else, or fans will never see a trade like the one that brought Dion Phaneuf ever again!

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